People, May 23, 1977

The Italian stallion is taking jabs again, only this time out of the ring. In his first film since Rocky, Sylvester Stallone, 30, plays a union organizer during the '30s through '50s who battles politicians and corporate executives for the rights of the workingman. The title: F.I.S.T. (Federation of Interstate Truckers), the union that Stallone's character, Johnny Kovak, helps build. "Kovak came off the streets like Rocky did," observes Sylvester. "But this guy was born to be a champion." F.I.S.T. appealed to Stallone because of its "solid foundation." The story, he says, "has...

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